clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Lions 53-man roster prediction: Pre-preseason edition

New, comments

Who will make the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster? Here's my pre-preseason guess.

Getty Images

With the Detroit Lions' first preseason game coming up later this week, it's time for another 53-man roster prediction. Take a look:

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Dan Orlovsky

QB Kellen Moore
QB James Franklin

RB Reggie Bush
RB Joique Bell
RB Theo Riddick
RB Mikel Leshoure

RB Steven Miller
RB George Winn

FB Montell Owens
FB Jed Collins

FB Chad Abram

WR Calvin Johnson
WR Golden Tate
WR Kevin Ogletree
WR Ryan Broyles
WR Jeremy Ross

WR TJ Jones (PUP list)
WR Kris Durham
WR Corey Fuller
WR Pat Edwards
WR Andrew Peacock
WR Quintin Payton
TE Eric Ebron
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Joseph Fauria

TE Jordan Thompson
TE Jacob Maxwell

OT Riley Reiff
OT LaAdrian Waddle
OT Corey Hilliard
OT Cornelius Lucas

OT Michael Williams
OT A.J. Dalton

OG Rob Sims
OG Larry Warford
OG Rodney Austin

OG Garrett Reynolds
OG Darren Keyton
OG Alex Bullard
OG Bryce Quigley

C Dominic Raiola
C Travis Swanson

DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Jason Jones
DE Devin Taylor
DE Darryl Tapp
DE Larry Webster

DE George Johnson
DE Kris Redding

DT Ndamukong Suh
DT Nick Fairley
DT C.J. Mosley
DT Caraun Reid

DT Andre Fluellen
DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
DT Xavier Proctor
DT Gregory Hickman

LB DeAndre Levy
LB Stephen Tulloch
LB Kyle Van Noy
LB Ashlee Palmer
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Travis Lewis

LB Cory Greenwood
LB Julian Stanford
LB Brandon Hepburn
LB Justin Jackson
CB Darius Slay
CB Rashean Mathis
CB Bill Bentley
CB Cassius Vaughn
CB Jonte Green
CB Nevin Lawson
CB Chris Greenwood
CB Aaron Hester
CB Mohammed Seisay

S Glover Quin
S James Ihedigbo
S Don Carey
S DeJon Gomes
S Isa Abdul-Quddus
S Jerome Couplin

K Nate Freese
K Giorgio Tavecchio

P Sam Martin
P Drew Butler

LS Don Muhlbach

(You can see my pre-training camp 53-man roster prediction here.)

Changes to the 53-man roster

FB Montell Owens in, S Isa Abdul-Quddus out - Considering Owens is currently listed as the Lions' starting fullback, I now have him making the 53-man roster. I thought about simply having him take Jed Collins' spot, but they seem like different kinds of fullbacks who could end up having somewhat different roles on the team. As a result, I have both of them on the 53-man roster for the time being, and I dropped the Lions' fifth safety to make room for Owens. (If it becomes clear later this month that only one fullback is going to make the team, I might actually add George Johnson as the Lions' 10th defensive lineman instead of putting Abdul-Quddus back on the 53-man roster.)

WR Kevin Ogletree in, WR Kris Durham out - Back in May and June, I had Ogletree making the team over Durham, and I should have just stuck with that last time. Ogletree has emerged as the Lions' No. 3 receiver, and at the very least, he's in good shape to make the 53-man roster. Durham could still stick around as the Lions' fourth or fifth receiver (or even sixth receiver, if they keep that many), but I can't see him making the team over Ryan Broyles or Jeremy Ross. Actually, you might even be able to make a better case for keeping Corey Fuller over Durham if the Lions do make room for an extra receiver.

CB Jonte Green in, CB Chris Greenwood out - By all accounts, Green has had a pretty stellar training camp so far. Assuming the Lions keep only six cornerbacks, there's really only one spot up for grabs at this point. Bill Bentley and Cassius Vaughn have established themselves as the main backups, and the Lions aren't going to release Nevin Lawson after spending a fourth-round pick on him. As a result, Green makes the team, leaving Greenwood as the odd man out.

WR TJ Jones to the PUP list - I didn't actually have Jones making the team even before he ended up on the PUP list. Now, with him still out after having shoulder surgery, it's looking more and more likely that he will spend the first part of the regular season on the PUP list. So this technically isn't a change to the 53-man roster, but I don't have the Lions flat out releasing Jones anymore.